So, we have talked about some basics of Ramadan, and in this section, we will detail the types of penalties that apply to some of those exemptions mentioned in Part 1.
These penalties are mainly divided into two categories; fidya and kaffarah.
Fidya is to be paid in circumstances where one is unable to fast due to helplessness. A donation of £5 per missed fast (days) is required for each individual. This donation aims to feed the hungry two meals a day.
Some examples of where fidya would be due include:
Kaffarah is to be paid in circumstances where a fast is invalid or intentionally broken. A payment is then required for the broken fast along with the requirement to make up for that fast at a later stage (asap). If this is not possible, they are required to feed 60 poor people per each fast missed or broken at the rate of £5 per person (£5 x 60).
Some examples of situations where kaffarah would be due:
There are some situations that invalidate the fast, but only repayment of the qada fast is required. These are mainly situations that are out of one’s control.
Some examples of situations that invalidate the fast and repayment of the fast have been listed below:
There are, of course, many other things that could go under each category, as this list is not exhaustive. Furthermore, there are also diverse views and opinions for each circumstance. Should you wish to find out more, you can consult your local community for further guidance.
It is our duty to ensure we recompense for our missed fasts, which apply to us. Furthermore, our purpose for giving to charity should not be confused with these forfeits. Ramadan is a month for giving, and there are many measures we can take in order to feed the hungry. Have a browse through the Muslim Aid website today to find out more about how you can contribute to any of our campaigns, such as the Eid gift programme or our school feeding programme.
Together, let’s master the art of giving this Ramadan, dig deep and help Muslim Aid make this Ramadan a generous one.